For many organizations, automating failover from primary datacenters or sites to secondary locations is a critical component to any disaster recovery or business continuity solution for a variety of reasons. While one reason could be that it reduces manual workload, especially during a crisis when anxiety levels are high, the primary reason is often the fact that automation never forgets, and is faster to respond. By reliably monitoring infrastructure, automated failover mechanisms can detect outages and make essential changes that bring mission-critical applications back online quickly. With profit margins and brand reputations on the line, small businesses and large enterprises alike must recognize the importance of ensuring maximum availability for all critical applications.
At Total Uptime, our expertise is at the network and traffic routing level – the outermost layer where clients or users connect and must be diverted from a primary site to a secondary, tertiary or other location during an outage. There are two critical solutions we offer that can completely automate server/datacenter failover.
Total Uptime offers a unique tool that automates DNS ‘A’ record changes to reroute traffic from primary to secondary sites. By carefully monitoring primary sites, our monitoring agents can reliably detect when they are truly down. You then decide how quickly to update DNS ‘A’ records with alternate IP addresses. DNS Failover can support round-robin (load balancing), delayed failover, delayed fail-back or even manual fail-back. The options are virtually limitless. Learn more about DNS Failover.
Organizations who need something faster than a DNS change or something that doesn’t require an IP address change for those ultra-critical applications, should consider Cloud Load Balancing. In addition to active/active, it supports active/passive or primary/secondary configurations too, and can even automate traffic redirection or wait until you manually fail over. Learn more about Cloud Load Balancing or Network Failover.